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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Uncertain

It is week 22 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. This week’s writing prompt, Uncertain, is an appropriate adjective to describe these past few months. The world is turning topsy-turvy. Amid pandemic, prejudice, and protests live unease, unrest, and uncertainty.

For days, I have tried to focus on genealogy and write about the past, but the present, so chaotic and psychotic, has kept me in the here and now. So instead of writing about our ancestors this week, I will instead highlight the lives and experiences of the living…

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Book Review: The Dry Grass of August

Before I review the book, The Dry Grass of August, written by Anna Jean Mayhew, I would like to provide a quick historical overview of America’s institutional racism from the 1600s through the 1900s. Exactly 400 years ago, the first Africans were brought over to the American Colonies. From that point until the early 1970s, blacks were systematically oppressed and suppressed by those in power through deeds and laws.

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Book Review: We Hope for Better Things

On 11 June 1805, a great fire swept through Detroit, Michigan, burning the city to the ground.  After the fire, a local priest, Father Gabriel Richard, penned: “Speramus meliora; resurgent cineribus,” which translates to “We hope for better things; it shall arise from the ashes.” This saying became Detroit’s motto.

I believe that it is this motto that inspired the title of Erin Bartel‘s debut novel, We Hope for Better Things.

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March On, March On

On this last day of Black History Month and in anticipation of Women’s History Month starting tomorrow, I am taking a break from documenting our families’ history to talk about some bigger issues…


I am a rural raised, rural residing, heterosexual, higher educated, middle class, middle-aged, white women.

I was brought up in a household poor in income but rich in spirit. Despite growing up in a lower-bracket financially, I worked hard and studied hard, eventually earning two degrees.

I am married to my longtime love; together, we are raising caring, compassionate children. I am very spiritual, identifying as a Christian, and am grateful for the goodness God has given me.

All in all, I am what would be termed one of the “privileged” people, because I understand that, for the most part, the cards are stacked in my favor. Granted, I might not hold all the cards, but I have been dealt a pretty good hand.

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